Some authors go to Starbucks or a loud bar to get into their ‘writing space’ , Beth Williamson needs peace of mind. Today, she shares with us how she gets into her space:
“The process of writing is different for each writer I’m sure. As a fiction writer, I’ve developed my own methods to help me get in the groove, so to speak.
Strange as it may sound, I have to clear my mind completely. If I have other thoughts running around in there, or if I have other stimulation such as the television, I won’t be able to write. A blank slate is required to turn on the engine.
One of the best times for my imagination to take hold, aside from a sunny morning with good coffee and an empty house, is when I’m driving to work. (As with many writers, I hold a day job that I one day hope to leave behind). The repetitive nature of the route allows me to turn off everything but my imagination.
You may wonder about the safety of the other drivers on the road… no worries, I get where I’m going without crashing, I promise. :) I started carrying around an MP3 with a record feature because sometimes my imagination would not only start working, it would kick into overdrive. I needed to keep all the precious (or not so precious) nuggets for later use. So I started recording myself in the car.
The funny thing is, when I listen to what I’ve written, it’s filled with so many other things I’m amazed I actually was able to focus. For example, you can hear me talk to other drivers, get stuck at lights, the rain on the windshield, and even the occasional curse.
I have to filter all that out when I transcribe what I’ve written. It’s a slow process, but it’s worth it for that thousand words or five hundred words that become part of the story.
Another time when I tend to really hop on the imagination train station is when I’m halfway between consciousness and sleep. You know that ten to fifteen minutes when your mind takes over as your body begins to drift into slumber?
Yep, that’s the time. I can’t tell you how many ideas I’ve had pop into my head when the train leaves that particular station. Chugging along slowly as if watching the landscape pass by and scribbling madly when something interesting pops into view.
Released June 29, 2010
Of course, it’s mental scribbling and the writing may be a bit messy. :) In the morning I try to write down (on the computer this time) everything I though of. I know I have brilliant thoughts just waiting to burst forth onto the world, if only I could remember half of them.
One of the things I recommend to every aspiring writer is to just write. Yes, the craft is uber important, as are techniques and critiques, but simply putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) is the only way to become a better writer. I think I grow with each book I write, honing a craft just as much as any other artist.
I pretty much know the first chapter of any book I write is junk and will be thrown out. It’s painful to recognize this and yet still start writing words that will eventually only be a wisp of a memory. However I must write and as the train gathers speed, so do the words and so does the story.”
Beth Williamson is a multi-published romance novelist with fourteen novels in print. She swears her characters talk to her and write their own stories. Find more information on her website, http://www.bethwilliamson.com